The exhibition was held in conjunction with 1st year postgraduate students from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), and was timed to coincide with the last two days of the exhibition of photographs by Rosita McKenzie.
The title Natural Selection reflected the conversations and research we had carried out in the Gardens looking at the natural properties of ferns and other botanical plants in the Garden, whilst also creating garments that could be enjoyed especially by visually impaired and blind people. Additionally “the project is one of a series of collaborations initiated by Inverleith House designed to widen appreciation of the Garden and of Art, in all its forms”.
This is the blurb that I wrote to support my garments:
“In my work I have focused on the theme of ‘Garden Coat’ while also creating tactile surfaces that would be interesting for people with limited sight. This evolved into researching vintage patterns for domestic house coats, which I then updated to fit the modern woman. The coat was then embellished with traditional techniques including applique and reverse applique. The apron continues the domestic theme incorporating raised surface prints using paper doilies, puff paint, aqua suede, vintage lace, buttons, bead work, crocheted flowers and bumble bee buttons (linking back to the original botanical theme).”
Unfortunately my other photos didn’t come out too well. Saturday was pretty dark and wintry in Edinburgh..